Former U.S. Transportation Secretary to speak Oct. 22

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Former United States Secretary of Transportation William Coleman will deliver the annual Henry M. Scharf Memorial Lecture on Current Affairs Oct. 22 at Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture, "Keeping America First," will take place in College Union Building Room 260. Coleman's career has been marked with groundbreaking achievements in the legal, corporate and government sectors. Coleman served as Secretary of Transportation in President Gerald Ford's Cabinet from 1975 to 1977. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Coleman served as an advisor to six former U.S. presidents, as well as President George W. Bush. He co-authored legal briefs for the case Brown v. Board of Education, which in 1954 persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw
racial segregation in public schools. Coleman has briefed and argued 19 cases before the Supreme Court. He served as senior director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and
Educational Fund after serving as chair of their board from 1977 to 1997. Coleman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. He is a senior partner and counselor at the national and international law firm O'Melveny &
Myers.

Dr. F. William Sunderman, a member of the Gettysburg College Board of Trustees and the class of 1919, established the Scharf Memorial Lecture on Current Affairs in 1977 in honor of his friend, Henry M. Scharf. Scharf was
a member of the Gettysburg College class of 1925, a member of the Board of Trustees, owner of the Gettysburg Hotel and builder of the Majestic Theater. The Scharf Lecture is one of the keynote lectures offered by the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

 

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2008

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